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The Dagger of Dresnia

(The Talismans #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Queen Ellyria just wants her sick triplet sons to live, each ruling over a third of the kingdom as their dying father wished. When she finds herself trapped in a deadly bargain with a Dark Spirit, she recruits a band of young mages to help - but a terrible curse takes over. The Dark Spirit befriends her enemies and seduces her friends, and Ellyria soon finds that famine, p ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 4th 2014 by Satalyte Publishing
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Dagger of Dresnia, Book 1 in The Talisman’s series, is suitable for teens through to adults. Its story is reminiscent in many ways of a fairy tale, though blended with what I would call classic epic fantasy; there are elves, dwarves, humans, demons, battles, magic and intrigue and revenge.

The arch villain is a demon with whom the main character, Queen Ellyria, makes a deal in order to save her family. Of course, you’ll remember plenty of fairy tales where characters make such foolish deals a
Ian Banks
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Queen Ellyria wants to save her family from the illness that threatens them. When she is too late to save her husband she takes the help of a mysterious doctor who cures her triplet sons. He also helps her fashion three talismans that will ensure peace between the three kingdoms created for her sons from their father’s realm. But faster than you can say “King Lear,” she discovers that the doctor is a Dark Spirit, twisting his promises and demanding blood and chaos
Satima Flavell’s debut novel set
Dave Dunn
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two disclosures: First, I have known Satima Flavell, via correspondence, for several years. Second, I absolutely hate high fantasy. So what to do when her first novel came out? Buy a copy, of course, out of a sense of supporting my friend's accomplishment, and get through reading it as best I could. But something happened, not far into The Dagger of Dresnia. I began to see all of the misgivings I have about the genre stripped away, one by one. Glaringly absent were the long sections of backstory ...more
Carol Ryles
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
As Queen Ellyria's triplet sons face certain death, a stranger is the only one who can save them. There is no time to hesitate, no time to consider repercussions, so Ellyria accepts his help at risk of losing a whole lot more. With a good number of magical talents at her disposal, she sets out to thwart the evil that now threatens not only her loved ones, but also her entire kingdom.

Fast paced high fantasy, The Dagger of Dresnia is easy reading with crisp prose and traditional themes. It delves
Tsana Dolichva
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The Dagger of Dresnia by Satima Flavell is the first book in The Talismans trilogy and the author's début. I don't think I've ready any of the author's stories before, so this was all new to me.

It only took me a couple of pages to get interested in the story, but a few chapters to be sold on the concept. The start initially struck me as a little contrived — basically the events described in the blurb — with the Queen getting into trouble through a momentary lapse. On the other hand, it does make
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Dagger of Dresnia is a debut novel that is a little unsteady on its feet. On one hand, it is a fairly typical fantasy novel featuring humans, elves and dwarves. As others have, it touches on racism and the clashes between those races. When elvish Ellyria married her human husband, King Fairstad, the pair pretended she had arrived from a far kingdom rather than face the hostility that would inevitably ar
Helen Venn
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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King Fairstad is on his deathbed, his triplet sons are desperately ill and Queen Ellyria battles exhaustion as she struggles to keep the court functioning while she nurses her family. Unlike Fairstad, she is one of the elves and has magical powers but that is a dangerous and closely kept secret with the priests teaching that magic is evil. When her sons' fiancees arrive just as the king dies she is faced with the prospect of chaos enveloping the kingdom. Offered hope by a visiting doctor - in th ...more
Joanna Fay
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovely start to a new fantasy trilogy!

The Dagger of Dresnia is a dramatic, well-paced story, with characters who held my interest throughout. From the opening scenes, I felt for Queen Ellyria, and the dilemma she faces, and loved the interweaving of heroism - complicated by hard decisions and temptations - with villains from the purely evil to the lecherously creepy. The medieval detailing in this fantasy world has obviously come from an author with a deep interest and knowledge of that era, and
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
Robert Southworth
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cracking fantasy

Very well formed storyline, featuring strong interesting characters. The novel holds the reader with both its tempo and intricately weaved plots. Really enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next in the series.

Robert Southworth author of the Spartacus Chronicles

May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid first offering for Satima Flavell. Good characters. Good pace. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Richard Abbott
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Dagger of Dresnia, by Satima Flavell, is a fantasy novel set in what strikes you at first read as roughly like Medieval Europe, in terms of social structure, weaponry, technology and so on. The lands are invented rather than actual, and you are progressively introduced to their scope and geography. Most people of that world, appropriately enough, have accurate knowledge just on a local scale, and only the elite have a clear vision of the whole. As reader, you share in this sense of your hori ...more
Mirren Hogan
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book hard to put down. If you like high fantasy with a touch of classic fairytale, then you should enjoy this.
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The Talismans Trilogy 1 1 11 hours, 54 min ago  
My first full-length published work, The Dagger of Dresnia, is the first book in The Talismans Trilogy. Sadly, the original publishing house has closed its doors, but The Dagger of Dresnia has been re-released by Submarine Publishing. The sequel, The Cloak of Challiver will also be re-released shortly.

You might also like to check out my short story 'La Belle Dame' in the anthology Mythic Resonance

Other books in the series

The Talismans (3 books)
  • The Cloak of Challiver (The Talismans Book 2)
  • The Seer of Syland

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